Columnist Tobin: ACA Failure Could Launch Single-Payer Fight

Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 04:04 PM

By Ronald Kessler

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If the Affordable Care Act fails, the battle over subsidized health care could still be far from over.

The deadline for people to sign up for private health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is March 31, but the Obama administration is still at least 2 million subscribers short of its goal of 7 million customers enrolled by that date. But those numbers are deceiving, according to the New York Times, with insurers reporting that roughly 20 percent of those enrolled haven’t paid premiums to officially initiate coverage.

"Now, as anybody who knows anything about an insurance policy, if you don't pay, you're not covered, you're out of luck," Jonathan Tobin, columnist and senior editor for Commentary magazine, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV. "These numbers are significant because unless they get their 7 million people or something close to it, the scheme doesn't work."

The problem with Obamacare, Tobin said, is that it places the burden of cost on younger, healthier patients who won’t use the system very much in order to pay for older, sicker people and those young people have thus far been hesitant to enroll.

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"Unless they do this, the scheme doesn't work and that means there’s going to be another massive raid on the Federal Treasury because the government has committed to bailing out the insurance companies who are going to get stuck paying for all this stuff," Tobin said.

That, in turn, could cause Obamacare to fail under financial and political pressure, but Tobin said there are those who believe that is precisely what Obamacare supporters want.

"There’s some on the right who say it's all a big conspiracy to try and force the American people to accept [a government-run, single-payer health care system]," said Tobin, who thinks that ultimately won’t satisfy the public. "Obamacare was only passed because it wasn’t single payer. I mean liberals, the hardcore left, always wanted a single-payer system. It's basically moving towards socialized medicine in this country. The American people weren't anywhere ready for that, indeed, you could argue they weren't ready or didn’t want what they've been saddled with now."

Tobin also faulted Obama for his handling of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, and said those talks are doomed to fail because the Palestinians aren’t negotiating in good faith.

"The point is we've seen this movie before," Tobin said. "We know how it ends and it doesn't end well."

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